The film that brought international fame to both Pabst and Greta Garbo, THE JOYLESS STREET is a stinging indictment of the soullessness of Weimar-era Vienna. In the wake of World War I, the newly impoverished middle class becomes the prey of both black marketeers and the decadent upper classes. This whirlpool of economic ruin and moral decay is dramatized through the story of a middle-class family in decline. Garbo stars as a young woman who sells herself after her father makes a disastrous business decision. The story was considered too explosive by the Weimar government, which censored it heavily. This print is an sound era re-release 60 minutes in length,and it should be noted that the original film released was 150 minutes.
Director: GW Pabst. Based on a novel by Hugo Bettauer. Producer: Michael Salkin, Romain PinÃ¨s, Mark Sorkin. Scenario: Willy Haas. Cinematographer: Guido Seeber, Curt Oertel, Walter Robert Lach. Editor: Mark Sorkin, G.W. Pabst. Cast: Asta Nielsen, Greta Garbo, Hertha von Walther, Werner Krauss.
January 5, 2021 Subject:
Worth watching for Garbo
But be aware that half the original film was chopped out. Apparently, the entire film was reconstructed 70 years after it's original release -- that version is under copyright. This one focuses on the radiant, young Garbo as a good girl who supports her lazy, retired father and equally greedy kid sister in a Vienna slum after WWI. (Spoiler Alert)
When the father foolishly loses his pension in a failed stock investment, she's lured into working for a sleazy woman after she is fired from another job after refusing to sleep with the boss. Pure soap opera, Weimar-style.
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